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Caught beneath a landslide: Why pop and politicians have always had a rocky relationship

From Thatcher-loving Spice Girls to the rise and fall of Grime4Corbyn, the place of pop music in modern British politics has a long and complex history

By Anthony Broxton  

This election will mark another chapter in the chequered history of the politician and the pop star. Boris Johnson created social media fury when he cited the anti-Thatcherite group the Clash as one of his favourite bands. Jeremy Corbyn, meanwhile, was eager to thank Wiley for a supportive tweet despite reports that the ‘Grime4Corbyn’ movement is now dead.

The first party leader to truly understand the importance of celebrity endorsements was Labour’s Harold Wilson.…

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